CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
In a fast paced, entertaining contest that was fun to watch and not so pleasant for either goaltender, the Blackhawks defeated San Jose 5-3. The beauty of sports is the unexpected has to always be considered. Both Corey Crawford and the Sharks Antti Niemi were among the best goalies in the league and in the same game each struggled.
Both goalies were victimized by shots they would normally save on their best nights. Crawford was not good early as all three of San Jose’s first period scores should have been stopped but as the game progressed he steadied. The Chicago offense roared back from an early two goal deficit and the Sharks couldn’t dent the twine in the final 40 minutes. As has been the case all season, Crawford gave his teammates a chance to win.
Some who have watched the Blackhawks this season aren’t convinced they are as a good as their record. There are areas to improve upon, which says to me they can play better. What does matter most is what was what reflected in Joel Quenneville’s post game comments about his clubs hot start. Coach Q. remarked the Hawks are finding ways to win and no one can dispute his point.
The Hawks are the only club not to lose in regulation because they have won different types of games. They have risen to the occasion when four goals were scored in 1:29 like Tuesday night, as the Blackhawks tallied three during that stretch. They have found a way to win when completely outplayed as in Calgary on last Saturday. The Blackhawks have won some close checking low scoring matches as well as more wide open affairs. This team doesn’t have to be better than the 2010 Stanley Cup winners, they only need to rise above others this season.
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